It is not a secret that the world is shifting away from the traditional nine-to-five job towards a “gig-economy”, with more and more people acknowledging freelancers as an independent and professional component of the workforce. Twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone, has numerous freelancers registered through its database, advertising their skills via its website to help connect registered entities with those looking to employ them. I am one of those people.
Last year, Forbes said there are 53 million freelancers in the United States, with that number expected to increase to the point that 50 per cent of the workforce comprises freelancers. A week ago I was at a dinner party when an Emirati graphic designer stated that she was so bored and limited by her job that she was considering becoming a freelance graphic designer full-time, allowing her to unleash her creativity in the way she wants. She felt inspired after noticing several of her designer friends doing financially well managing their own businesses or freelancing. Interestingly also, my Saudi friend from Riyadh told me how many millennials there are becoming Uber drivers by night and enjoying the extra stream of income.
The beauty here is being able to enjoy multiple […]